BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Russian Polish Albanian Greek Czech Ukrainian Serbian Turkish Romanian
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: Europe  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
 Tuesday, 17 December, 2002, 19:18 GMT
German companies named in dossier
Iraqi officials seal suitcase used to transport declaration
The Iraqi dossier contains some 12,000 pages

Over 80 German companies are listed in Iraq's weapons report to the United Nations, according to a German newspaper.

Kolchuga early warning radar
The US accused Ukraine of selling Iraq its advanced radars
The Tageszeitung says several of the companies were still involved in Iraq last year, thereby breaking the UN weapons embargo against Baghdad.

This is the first leak from what is currently one of the most sought after documents in the world - the Iraqi weapons dossier.

And it is exceedingly embarrassing for Germany, which becomes a temporary member of the UN Security Council in a few weeks time.

Relations strained

According to theTageszeitung, which has obtained a copy of the report, the German companies have contributed to the Iraqi Government's weapons programme since the mid-1970s.

Sarin rockets destroyed by Iraq after the Gulf War
The dossier also contains details of Iraq's chemical weapons programme

Now it is common knowledge that companies all over the world have helped Iraq obtain basic weapons, and the technical know-how to develop weapons of mass destruction - in the past.

But according to the newspaper, some German companies continued to do business with Iraq right up until last year.

This is a clear breach of the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq in 1990 after it invaded Kuwait.

Of further embarrassment to Germany is that - according to the newspaper article - German companies make up more than half of the total number of institutions listed in the Iraqi weapons report.

Relations between Germany and Washington are already strained because of Germany's outspoken criticism of a possible military strike against Iraq.

This naming and shaming of the German companies could make matters a lot worse.


Key stories

Analysis

CLICKABLE GUIDE

BBC WORLD SERVICE

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT
See also:

10 Dec 02 | Middle East
17 Dec 02 | Politics
16 Dec 02 | Politics
16 Dec 02 | Middle East
11 Dec 02 | Middle East
09 Dec 02 | Middle East
04 Dec 02 | Middle East
08 Dec 02 | Middle East
25 Sep 02 | Conflict with Iraq
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes